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Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

new flash fiction: it’s another sci-fi body horror
As ever, the stories in this series are not about museums, or artifacts, or history. I’m simply letting an object in The British Museum in London inspire me.
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new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Apr 17-19
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movies by or about women opening US/Can Apr 17-19
Chrissy Metz stars in faith-based drama Breakthrough, directed by Roxann Dawson; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]
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new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Apr 14-19
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movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Apr 14-19
Chloë Grace Moretz stars in thriller Greta; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]
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Greta movie review: twisted sisterhood
Complete nonsense, and not in a good way, with an enraging side dish of male undercutting of women’s friendships. For a movie to be both this ludicrous and this predictable is quite an achievement.
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Hail Satan? documentary review: the devil you say
Hilarious, provocative look at the wonderfully profane rebels of the culture wars who, with tongue in cheek but seriously, too, are trolling fundie-Christian America with their delicious blasphemies.
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Red Joan movie review: it doesn’t bomb, but it fizzles
There’s a lot of hot-button stuff going on in this A-bomb spy drama — politics, sexism, scientific ethics — but it’s all surprisingly inert, given the literal fate-of-the-world stakes.
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Dagenham movie review: lost in London
There isn’t a likeable character in this parade of misery, nor even an intriguingly unlikeable one. An unfocused, random plot merely cuts through a messy ensemble of criminal working-class Londoners.
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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Apr 16-19
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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Apr 15-18
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Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché documentary review: the movie pioneer you’ve never heard of [pictured]
Not only a portrait of the woman who made more than a thousand of the very first films, but a mystery detective story about how the achievements of a trailblazing woman were erased, and found again.
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Nervous Translation movie review: home alone, with only her imagination for company
Shireen Seno’s portrait of a remarkably imaginative and self-contained child at a specifically 1980s Filipino moment is full of both charming whimsy and a delicately observed, melancholy universality.
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my top 10 films of 2019 (so far)
With the year about one-third over, here’s a peek at my top 10 films of the year so far, out of the 71 2019 releases I’ve seen to date.
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